It became official September 3, 2019, on a beautiful Tuesday morning: Chase Center is ready to open its doors.
Dignitaries, including Mayor of San Francisco London Breed and Governor of California Gavin Newsom, and media members were on hand to watch as Warriors Co-Executive Chairman & CEO Joe Lacob and Co-Executive Chairman Peter Guber officially cut the ribbon on a project more than seven years in the making.
Or as ceremonial host Ahmad Rashad put it, “2,600 days, 23 hours, and 30 minutes… but who’s counting?”
To summarize the journey of the Warriors franchise under the guidance of Lacob and Guber, Rashad drew a comparison to legendary college basketball coach John Wooden’s pyramid of success, noting that the Warriors’ pyramid includes “seven straight trips to the playoffs, five straight appearances in the NBA Finals, three NBA Championships, two NBA Most Valuable Player awards, and… one incredible, astonishing, staggering, phenomenal, spectacular, remarkable, unbelievable, magnificent, outstanding, impressive, extraordinary, gorgeous, breath-taking, scintillating, world-class, beautiful, fantastic, masterpiece: Chase Center.”
Fans will soon experience this atmosphere as Chase Center is set to host the first public event in its history this Friday with the reunification of Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of their S&M album. Many more events, including a variety of musical artists and pro wrestling, are lined up throughout September before the Warriors play their first preseason game on October 5 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
From jokes about the luxuries of the players’ practice facility to the anticipation of the surrounding food and amenities, there was much excitement to be had at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Re-watch the full stream of the festivities here.